Lou Morey stars in FAU's take on the Shake Weight commercial performed as part of Friday's Rain Delay Theatre - a series of skits put on by WKU and FAU players and captured on video.
Outpouring of enthusiasm
FAU players and coaches hope the momentum garnered in a weekend sweep of Western Kentucky and the unity built during Rain Delay Theatre stay with the Owls through the coming weeks.
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The events of this past weekend have FAU coach John McCormack wondering who he has to call to order more rain delays.
“We’re working on it,” he joked on Monday as the Owls prepared for Tuesday's non-conference game at Florida Gulf Coast.
McCormack and his Owls sat through a 2 hour 13 minute rain delay prior to the start of Friday’s series opener against then No. 19 Western Kentucky. Players from FAU and Western Kentucky made the most of the delay by taking turns entertaining each other and fans with comedy skits.
When the rain finally stopped FAU went out and swept the series from WKU, playing some of its best baseball of the season.
“I think that really helped,” McCormack said of the rain delay theatre. “Sometimes when you look over in the other dugout you not only see the team but you see their ranking. That made them a little bit more human, like hey, they are regular guys just like us. So let’s thank the gods for that one.”
During the rain delay, the Owls performed their version of the Shake Weight commercial, dramatized an immigration bust and created a mosh pit. Western Kentucky countered with a mimed roller coaster ride and a mock wrestling match.
The two teams also conducted a dance-off.
“It was a blessing in disguise because it brought us together doing all that stuff as a team,” said catcher Mike Albaladejo, who caught 28 innings during a 25 hour span and served as one of the Owls’ lead dancers.
“It loosened us up. Knowing Western Kentucky was ranked in the nation, it didn’t make us nervous, but maybe we thought about it in the back of our minds. Just having that rain delay calmed us down, made us have fun and remember it was just a game.”
The energy from the weekend sweep, combined with a rare Sunday off (Sunday’s regularly scheduled game was played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday because of incoming weather concerns) added extra energy to Monday’s practice.
Players talked about how their friends had seen the rain delay video and called to congratulate them on the weekend.
McCormack let the players revel in the weekend one last day before heading to Fort Myers.
“I want you to hold on to what it feels like, but we’ve got to put it in the closet, put it in the drawer, close the drawer, and we’ve got to go forward,” McCormack said he told the Owls. “What, are you going to have a bad week and then look back and say, well, we did beat Western Kentucky?”
FAU (22-14, 12-6 Sun Belt)
at Florida Gulf Coast (22-12, 13-4 A-Sun)
- When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Swanson Stadium, Fort Myers
- Radio: none
- Scouting the Eagles: Official site
Probable Pitchers: FAU RHP Taylor Everist (2-6, 7.55) vs. FGCU LHP Patrick Nathanson (3-2, 5.72)
Scouting the Owls: Centerfielder Anthony Mesa learned on Monday that he will not need surgery on his broken finger. He may get some at-bats on Tuesday against FGCU. …Kevin Alexander will be available to pitch in relief Tuesday. Alexander had been the Owls’ Sunday starter before R. J. Alvarez got the call for this past weekend’s series finale. …Dan Scheffler went 8-for-14 last week to raise his average to .415 and his on-base percentage to .541.
Scouting the Eagles: FGCU has won seven of its last nine games. …A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year Zach Maxfield is hitting .408 with 32 RBI and 31 runs scored. …FGCU sports a team ERA of 5.47.